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One of the questions we get asked time and time again, is “what makes Cardinal Rule Press different than other book publishers?” The answer can’t be summed up in just a sentence or two, but we here at CRP know we’ve got something special going on and think you’ll understand why.

Founded  by Maria Dismondy, Cardinal Rule Press is a traditional children’s book publishing house located in Michigan. Cardinal Rule Press believes kindness matters, the golden rule will never go out of style and is committed to publishing books that make a difference.

Cardinal Rule Press Works Closely With Their Authors

We are a full service traditional publishing house who works hand in hand with our authors in an unparalleled mentorship role. We know this isn’t the industry standard, but we do it anyway!


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Each of our authors go through a six week mentor program. During this time,we work with them to build and strengthen their marketing platform and we help to develop a customized marketing plan for their book release.

From rough draft to bookstore and all of the steps in between, we partner with our authors. This includes writing support, editorial services, illustrations, layout and design, printing, warehousing, national retail distribution, online distribution, marketing services and laugh campaigns. We are on top of the latest social media trends and help our authors design their own marketing blueprint.  

Our authors have a voice in the publishing process, there are several places in the process to collaborate. When our industry expertise is combined with an author’s amazing story, magic happens.   

If you are interested in becoming a Cardinal Rule Press author, we HIGHLY recommend you start with our free 5 Day Book Writing Bootcamp. Join us by clicking here.

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Cardinal Rule Press Publishes Books With Powerful Messages For Children

Cardinal Rule Press title is powered by a character trait or value. Our titles have highlighted kindness, courage, empathy, manners, friendship (responding to bullies), teamwork, determination, and problem solving.  The children who read our books fall in love with the stories and learn an important lesson at the same time.

In Cardinal Rule Press Titles, Children Can See Themselves

We are dedicated to publishing realistic fiction titles for children because we want them to be able to see themselves in our books. In our titles, you’ll find characters in situations children will be able to relate to. Our stories are set in real life places such as home, school, the playground or sports.

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If you are interested in submitting a book for publishing consideration to Cardinal Rule Press author? Click here to see our publishing guidelines.

Cardinal Rule Press By The Numbers

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Cardinal Rule Press Equips Educators & Parents

Each one of our books comes with a Reader’s Guide that features ten lesson plans appropriate for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Many teachers and educators have developed their own lesson plans to use with Cardinal Rule Press Titles. You can find them via Teachers Pay Teachers or by searching on Pinterest.


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From time to time, Maria and the other CRP authors offer virtual visits to classrooms for a digital class “assembly” where they give a presentation. The best way to find out about these events is through social media.

Cardinal Rule Press Is Woman Owned And Operated

Cardinal Rule Press is powered by women. Some are wives and mothers, some are grandmothers. Collectively, they’re raising 23 children!  Although they each have a different role within the company, they’ve all got one thing in common…. they love that Cardinal Rule Press believes in the power of influencing a child’s character through a story.

Cardinal Rule Press Gives Back

Cardinal Rule Press believes in the power of giving back. In 2018, Cardinal Rule Press gave over $23,000 to charities that make a difference. In addition to that, Maria Dismondy donated 100 copies of Cardinal Rule Press titles to 100 different Little Free Libraries. You can see more about this project by heading to Maria’s Instagram and checking out the Service highlight area.

Check Out The Amazing Cardinal Rule Press Titles

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Do you want to keep in touch with us and see what is happening in the book industry? Do you want to be in the know about our submissions process and get free resources for your bookstore or library?

Cardinal Rule Press

P.O. Box 930237 • Wixom, MI 48393
info@cardinalrulepress.com